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A unique opportunity to dive in the Arctic and Antarctica on board a hotel standard, large vessel that accommodates 116 passengers. An abundance of open space. Bar. Lots of informative talks from Specialists are available. WIFI and Land Excursions. Extraordinary Wildlife


  • 7 nights. 10 dives. Departure every Thursday, non divers welcome
  • Languages spoken - English
  • Exploration in the Arctic and Antarctic regions
  • Experience a fantastic dive next to or under ice flows
  • Great combination of sunlight, seawater and incredible ice formations.
  • Opportunity to dive with seals, leopards and penguins
  • The dive is quite shallow (30 - 60 feet)
  • You will see whales and polar bears among many other species.
  • Camping, diving and kayaking 
  • The goal is to do 1 - 2 dives per day (1 morning and 1 afternoon), but this depends on the local ice and weather conditions.
  • Non-divers, families and snorkelers are welcome.


  • Dives from the platform with zodiac support.
  • Battery charging station Hot water showers Fish identification and diving books Spacious dive deck din / int adapters
  • Wi-Fi ($) Living room / TV Movies
  • Snorkel Kayak Land Excursions
  • Vegetarian buffet meal: all meals, hot drinks, water and snacks included
  • Alcohol - Can be purchased on board - Bar service. Soft drinks, local beer and wine, alcohol. You can bring your own alcohol, but we ask you to drink it in your cabin.
  • Payments on board -Visa Mastercard Diners Union Cash
  • Fire alarm Fire extinguisher Life jackets Life rafts Emergency oxygen kit Emergency positioning Radio beacon
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Dates available
Departure: 13/06/2022
Arrival: 20/06/2022
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 116
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Departure: 20/06/2022
Arrival: 27/06/2022
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 116
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Departure: 27/06/2022
Arrival: 04/07/2022
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 116
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Ushuaia - Ushuaia
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13/06/2022 20/06/2022 7 nights 116 Ushuaia - Ushuaia
20/06/2022 27/06/2022 7 nights 116 Ushuaia - Ushuaia
27/06/2022 04/07/2022 7 nights 116 Ushuaia - Ushuaia

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Perfect for any Expedition, the vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1, equivalent to 1A) and is therefore suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice as well as loose multi-year pack ice. The Ortelius sails the North and South Poles as well as the waters of Iceland, Norway and Argentina. The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure in remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land. “Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.

“Ortelius” is a great Expedition Vessel for 116 passengers with lots of Open-Deck spaces. The vessel is staffed by 20 highly experienced International Nautical Crew, 19 International Hotel Crew, including Stewardesses, 7 Expedition Staff in Antarctica (1 Expedition Leader and 6 Guides/Lecturers), for the Arctic we will have 8 Expedition Staff (1 Expedition Leader and 7 Guides/ Lecturers) and 1 Doctor.


The vessel offers simple but comfortable cabins and public spaces • 4 Quadruple cabins with Bunk beds (these can also be used as Triple or Twin cabins) • 2 Triple Porthole cabins with Bunk beds (these can also be used as Quads or Twin cabins) • 27 Twin Porthole cabins with 2 Single Lower berths • 12 Twin cabins with Windows and 2 Single Lower berths • 2 Twin Deluxe cabins with Windows and 2 Single Lower berths • 6 Superior cabins with Double beds. All cabins are spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin and all cabins have private shower and toilet.


We serve buffet-style breakfasts aboard our motor vessels, and lunches are often buffets as well. Dinners include a main course and are served at the table. Our buffet breakfast includes: a variety of hot and cold choices including breads, cereals, cold meats, yoghurt, fruit and eggs bacon and sausage. Lunch is often buffet style too: soup & salad, sandwich foods, main course meal, fruit basket, dessert. Dinners served at the table include: appetizer or salad main course meal (meat, fish, or vegetarian), dessert or fruit plate.

Bottled water and snacks are available all day and included in your package. There is a well stocked bar on board and a bar service. Your drinks will be charged to your cabin and pay at the end of your trip. You can bring your own alcohol on board, but it is requested that you drink it in your cabin.

”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two Restaurants, a Bar/Lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality Exploratory Wildlife Program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 116 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries 10 Zodiacs with 60hp Yamaha engines.

Passengers on a typical voyage range from in their 30s to their 80s, with the majority usually between 45 - 65. Our expeditions attract independent travellers from around the globe who are characterized by a strong interest in exploring remote regions. The camaraderie that develops on board is an important part of the Oceanwide experience, and many passenger groups include several nationalities.

In keeping with the spirit of expedition, dress on board is informal. Bring casual and comfortable clothing for all activities, and keep in mind that much of the scenery can be appreciated from deck - which can be slippery. Bring sturdy shoes with no-slip soles, and make sure your parka is never far away in case one of our crew shouts “Whales!” over the loudspeaker and you have to dash outside at a moment’s notice. Opt for layers, as it is comfortably warm aboard the ship though often cold on deck.


You must be in good overall health and be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding, but we spend as much time as possible on shore. You are, however, welcome to remain aboard the ship if you prefer.

To join most excursions you must be able to get up and down the steep gangway ― from the ship to the water level ― to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats, and boarding will become progressively easier with practice, but conditions on shore can be slippery and rocky. Remember, you will be traveling in remote areas without access to sophisticated medical facilities, so you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition or need daily medical treatment.


Witness some of Earth’s most beautiful scenery in one of Earth’s least hospitable environments. Antarctica is the coldest, highest, windiest, and driest of all Earth’s continents, though it grants our cruise passengers access to many of the most dazzling sights our planet has to offer. Gray Rock Peaks punch out of the wind-carved snow, passing Icebergs dot the dark blue waters, and wildlife abounds that can be seen nowhere else – all serving to remind us that we are truly in another world. The North Pole is the top point of earth. At the North Pole, night and day occurs continuously half the year. This depends on whether the Pole is facing the sun or not. The North Pole is in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and is surrounded by Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia.


Our voyages are “expedition” style cruises. Our emphasis is on wildlife encounters, personal contact with the environs, visiting sites of historical interest and to a lesser extent scientific stations. Our actual program will vary to take best advantage of local conditions, spontaneous opportunities and wildlife. Experience in Antarctic waters shows us that a flexible program is essential when it comes to dealing with the published itinerary as a guide to some of our best opportunities. There is always an element of the unexpected. When packing, don’t weigh yourself down with too many clothes or too much gear. Select informal, practical attire for your trip that can be worn in layers. Please ask for our Expedition Manual with detailed information on clothing lists, what to pack and what to expect on our voyages.


2 twin deluxe cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths. 3 windows 2 lower berths Private shower & toilet Desk & chair Small sofa Refrigerator Coffee & tea maker Flatscreen TV, Telephone Hair dryer Ample storage space

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 2 Single
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: No



12 twin cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths 2 lower berths Private shower & toilet Desk & chair Flatscreen TV Telephone Hair dryer Ample storage space

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: No



27 twin porthole cabins with 2 single lower berths 2 portholes 2 lower berths Private shower & toilet Desk & chair Flatscreen TV Telephone Hair dryer Ample storage space

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: No



6 superior cabins with double beds 2 windows (minimum) 1 double bed 1 single (sofa) bed Private shower & toilet Desk & chair Flatscreen TV, Telephone Refrigerator Coffee & tea maker Hair dryer Ample storage space

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: No



2 triple porthole cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as quads or twin cabins). 2 portholes 1 upper / lower berth + 1 single lower berth Private shower & toilet Desk & chair Flatscreen TV Telephone Hair dryer, Ample storage space

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 2 Single and 1 Bunk
  • Max occupancy: 4
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: No



4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins) Quadruple Porthole, 2 portholes, 2 upper / lower berths, Private shower & toilet, Desk & chair, Flatscreen TV, Telephone, Hair dryer, Ample storage space

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 4 Bunk Bed
  • Max occupancy: 4
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: No


  • The trip begins in Ushuaia or Longyearbyen and ends in Ushuaia orLongyearbyen
  • The closest airport is Svalbard Airport or Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas


  • You will receive exact meeting point instructions closer to the trip date directly from the Liveaboard
  • Check in on the boat is between 16:00 and 17:00.
  • The boat departs Ushuaia in the evening on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included


  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Ushuaia early in the morning on the last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is in the morning on the last day.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)


How deep do we dive during polar diving?

The maximum depth we allow our divers to dive is 20 meter/ 60 feet. Many of the dive sites have slopes or faces that go much deeper than the 20 meter/60 feet max limit for the divers. Divers must act responsibly and show self discipline.

What kind of clothes is required for polar diving?

Dry suit with hood : Don’t bring any new equipment on this expedition that you have not already tested in the water and are very familiar with. The Polar Regions are not the place to test out new equipment. Please make sure that you have done at least 4 or 5 dives with your new equipment. It is required that you complete a few dives with all the equipment you will be using before coming on the trip. This will also allow you to fine-tune your buoyancy and trim characteristics, and make a note of how much weight you will need when diving with all your equipment.

How often is polar diving planned?

We are aiming at 1-2 different dives per day (1x morning and 1x afternoon). Still this activity depends on local ice and weather conditions. Please note: ice is not static but always in movement. This means that the actual situation under the surface always depends on the conditions and formations of the ice. Unachieved personal expectations in reference to the diving cannot be grounds for claims or reimbursements. We never dive under fast ice or pack ice.

START Departure Longyearbyen

  • Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearbyen, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the fantastically beautiful landscapes, the thousands of seabirds, and of course the star of the show, the polar bear.
  • The North Spitsbergen Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy this Arctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, and learn to take perfect pictures of the polar flora and fauna.


  • You touch down in Longyearbyen, the administrative center of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Enjoy strolling around this former mining town, whose parish church and Svalbard Museum make for fascinating attractions. Though the countryside appears stark, more than a hundred species of plants have been recorded in it. In the early evening, the ship sails out of Isfjorden, where you might spot the first minke whale of your voyage. 
  • Sailing to Raudfjorden, on the north coast of Spitsbergen, you take in an expansive fjord spilling with glaciers – and maybe even visited by ringed and bearded seals. The cliffs and shoreline of this fjord also support thriving seabird colonies, rich vegetation, and the possibility of polar bears.  
  • Depending on the weather, you could sail into Liefdefjorden and cruise within sight of the 5-kilometer-long (3.1 miles) face of the precipitous Monaco Glacier. The waters in front of this glacier are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of kittiwakes, and the base of the ice is a popular polar bear hunting ground. If ice conditions prevent sailing here early in the season, an alternate route along the west coast of Spitsbergen can be implemented.  
  • Today, you sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to bearded seals, ringed seals, and polar bears. At the entrance, there is even the possibility to spot blue whales. After cruising among the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in the Zodiacs, you can view the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with their thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, you may attempt a landing on Nordaustlandet. Here reindeer, pink-footed geese, and walruses are likely sights. You can take an alternate route if ice prevents entry into Hinlopen.  
  • The northernmost point of your voyage may be north of Nordaustlandet, in the Seven Islands. Here you reach 80° north, just 870 km (540 miles) from the geographic North Pole. Polar bears inhabit this region, so the ship may park for several hours among the pack ice before wheeling around west again.  
  • While retracing your route west, keep watch for polar bears and elusive Greenland (bowhead) whales. About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen, you sail the edge of the continental shelf. Here, fin whales forage during the summer in the upwelling zones (where cold, nutrient-rich water wells up from below the sea’s surface) that run along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of Kongsfjorden, you have a good chance of sighting minke whales.  
  • Walruses sometimes haul out in Forlandsundet, your next stop. Alternatively, you might sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden, landing at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on these cliffs, Arctic foxes search below for fallen eggs and chicks, and reindeer graze the sparse vegetation. You arrive in Longyearbyen later at night.  

There and back again

  • Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. You disembark in Longyearbyen, taking home memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.  


Departure  Ushuaia


  • Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia. In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.


  • During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
  • Antarctic Peninsula. We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas.
  • If we land on Danco Island we can observe Gentoo Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. We enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises.
  • In Paradise Bay again with its myriad icebergs, we have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent again. We shall have the opportunity for a zodiac cruise in the inner parts of this amazing water way. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales.
  • After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get a chance to visit the old British research station, now living museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags.We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales, Minke whales and Fin whales.
  • Sailing north through Gerlache Strait we arrive at Wilhelmina Bay where we often are fortunate to see feeding Humpback whales. We may embark on a Zodiac cruise if the conditions allow ending at the wreck of Guvernøren an old whaling vessel that burned here in 1915.
  • Around Melchior Islands amidst a beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter more whales but also Leopard seal and Crabeater seals. This area offers excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping in the pristine Antarctic environment. We will depart from the Peninsula around noon when conditions on the Drake Passage (weather and sea-conditions) are predicted as unfavorable.
  • On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage


  • Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark. We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.



  • Arctic Fox, Hiking, Kayaking, Kittiwake, Photo Workshop, Polar Bear, Polar Diving, Shore-based walking, Snowshoeing, Svalbard Reindeer, Walrus, Zodiac Cruising & Shore Program


  • All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Itineraries may mention places that require permission to land, which must be granted by the relevant national authorities. Such permission is not granted prior to the publishing of these itineraries. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. 
  • Diving Cruise: Aiming for 1 or 2 dives per day (depending on weather and ice conditions) you will dive under shallow ice, down along walls, from the beach, or from a Zodiac. You’ll reach a maximum depth of 20 meters (60 feet). Diving under Polar waters is like no other dive – the combination of water, sunlight, and ice formations creates an ever-shifting spectacle of colors.
  • Before your cruise departs you’ll be asked to present your internationally accepted diver certificate, your diver’s logbook (you’ll be asked to provide copies when completing your diver personal information form), and a statement from your doctor (not older than two years) that states you are in a good state of physical health allowing you to scuba dive. We also ask that you have experience with cold-water diving and dry-suit dives (at least 30).


  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Dive guides
  • Transfer from/to local hotels (round-trip)
  • Transfer to/from the airport (round-trip)
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes
  • Ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed).


  • Government arrival and departure taxes (To be paid at the airport per trip)
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel outside Spitsbergen; transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia;
  • Wifi
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Telecommunication charge
  • Soft drinks, local beer & wine, alcohol

What if I need to cancel my booking?

  • Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have.
  • After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:
  • 20% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 90 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 90 and 60 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 60 days prior to arrival
  • In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days


  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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